- July 12, 2013
- |Priority Sector
St. Kitts is quite arguably one of the most sought-after tourism destinations in the Caribbean region, with stay over visitor arrival averaging an increase of 13.4 percent over the past five years. This upturn in visitor arrival is expected to continue well into the future with the anticipated completion of the Christophe Harbour, Ocean’s Edge and, Silver Reef Resorts Developments.
The construction of the elegant 636 room St. Kitts Marriot Resort and the 35,000 square foot Royal Beach Casino in 2003 has indeed propelled St. Kitts to the forefront of resort destinations. The realization of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort is attestation of the opportunities for investors to create wealth in the tourism sector. There has also been steady development in our alluring resort area of Frigate Bay. In addition, the Government has designated lands in the Whitegate area (once part of the sugar cane belt) and the La Valley area for low environmental impact tourism development.
Many investors, who choose St. Kitts, do so because of its mostly undiscovered and unspoiled landscape, abounding with scenic natural beauty and a vibrant blend of flora and fauna. Investors seeking to court the rich and famous would find St. Kitts to be the ideal utopia. Our people are world-renown for their warm hospitality, having played host to international events such as, ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007. More so, over the years, our people have catered to the needs of thousands of visitors who stop by our shores each year to explore our rich cultural heritage, hike the rainforest, dive on historic wrecks, or just to enjoy our magnificent golden beaches.
St. Kitts receives American Airlines non-stop flights from New York and Miami, Delta Airlines non-stop from Atlanta, US Airways from Charlotte and British Airways from Gatwick, London. The island also receives daily connecting service via Puerto Rico on American Eagle and regular daily flights from any Caribbean destination.
St. Kitts boast an emerging service oriented labor force. The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, a tertiary level educational institution is at the forefront of The Government’s strategy to create a world class service sector. Currently, the college provides training to students, leading to an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management with the opportunity to complete an additional two years at the University of the West Indies for a full Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Additionally, the number of students pursuing studies in tourism and hospitality management at colleges and universities in the USA, Canada and other developed countries has steadily increased over the years.
Our Strategic Advantages in Tourism
- St. Kitts is still relatively undiscovered. Hence, it lacks the noise and crowdedness associated with the more established destinations
- State of the art hospitality and culinary training school
- Readily available labour supply
- Opportunities for growth in high-end tourism
- A rich cultural heritage
- The warm hospitality of our people
- Breathtaking scenic landscape